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23 July 2019

News from Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

News from Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin

Issue 24: 23 July 2019 


Welcome to the latest in a series of business readiness bulletins, aimed at keeping trade associations, business representative bodies and business intermediaries up to date on the latest information and guidance for business on the UK exiting the EU.  The objective of this Bulletin is to signpost you to tools and resources to help you and your members prepare for the UK’s Exit from the EU.  

Recent Announcements  

 Workforce and People 

NEW – Department for Transport and Driver and Vehicle and Licensing Agency have provided the rules for international driving permits in EU countries are changing. Check which type of IDP you need to drive legally why you visit Europe. Driving in the EU after Brexit: international driving permits 

NEW – Department for Transport and Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency have provided the rules for exchanging UK driving licenses will change when the UK leaves the EU. Check what you need to do to drive legally when you live in an EU country. Driving in the EU after Brexit: driving licence exchange 

The Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency has published legislation, which in the event of the UK leaving the EU with no agreement, will cover the regulation of medicines, medical devices and clinical trials. Update – there have been updates to the Human Medicines and Medical Devices (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, following it being laid in Parliament on 24 July 2019. 

Department for Education have provided advice for higher education institutions in England on how to prepare for Brexit. Update – Informing students and staff from the EU about the EU Settlement Scheme: Brexit: preparations for higher education institutions

Department for Education has provided advice for further education institutions and apprenticeship providers in England on how to prepare for Brexit. Update – Informing students and staff from the EU about the EU Settlement Scheme Brexit: preparations for further education and apprenticeship providers

UK Visas and Immigration update on how EU citizens provide evidence that they have been living in the UK if the government cannot confirm this through an automated check of UK tax and some benefits records. Update – added link to the application start page: EU Settlement Scheme: evidence of UK residence

Importing and Exporting 

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have information on the ‘Written Confirmation’ process, for active substances manufactured in the United Kingdom that will be adopted in a no deal Brexit. Update – written confirmations for UK Active Substance Manufacturers. Exporting active substance manufactured in the UK in a no deal Brexit.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs have provided details on how to notify the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) if businesses plan to import animals, germplasm and animal products from the EU. Update – IV66 import notification form (Welsh and English) updated: EU import of animals and animal products: notify authorities

Department for International Trade have updated the list of the trade and mutual recognition agreements the UK has signed with non-EU countries. Update – added Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama) to the list of signed trade agreements: Signed UK trade agreements transitioned from the EU

Department for Exiting the European Union have provided an update for the steps the UK is taking to deliver continuity across a number of international agreements that we currently participate in as a member of the EU if the UK leaves without a deal: Update International Agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

 Regulations and Standards 

NEW - A written Ministerial statement has been made to allow members of the public to view all EU legislation relevant to the UK exiting the EU: The government and The National Archives prepare for EU exit

Intellectual Property 

The Intellectual Property Office has published guidance on exhaustion of intellectual property rights if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Exhaustion of Intellectual Property Rights 


NEW - Foreign and Commonwealth Office publish a report which gives a detailed overview of the UK’s Strategic Export Controls work in January to December 2018. The report contains a section on UK and EU policy developments including Brexit: UK Strategic Export Controls annual report 2018

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Business Support 

 Triage Tool 

GOV.UK has an online tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Businesses can use the Triage Tool to find out:  

  • What their business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU                                            
  • What’s changing in their sector 
  • Information on specific rules and regulations 

Businesses will need to answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to their business. 

 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Sector Primers 

These sector primers aim to bring together on one webpage the top 3 – 5 issues for each sector and provide guidance.  The primers link through to more detailed material elsewhere on GOV.UK. Please could you pass on to your members and networks. The sectors covered are: 

 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Sector Primers

 Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) 

DCMS have issued new guidance on what to expect on day one of a 'no deal' scenario if you’re a creative business, small arts organisation or sports organisation that currently travels only to the EU, such as: 

  • touring professional choir 
  • touring chamber orchestra 
  • touring string quartet 
  • small touring ballet company 
  • small touring theatre company 
  • school football team 
  • amateur sports team 
  • pop or rock band  

Check what you need to do.  

EU Exit: Business Intelligence and Engagement Team 
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 
23 July 2019 

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